Update: Oakland police report an increase in ATM robberies

(Image courtesy of Oakland Police Department)

This story was updated to include the neighborhoods targeted in the robberies.

The city of Oakland is experiencing an uptick in robberies associated with ATMs, Oakland police said Monday.

Several people have reported being approached while using ATMs by one or more armed individuals who robbed them of their belongings. In some cases, victims were followed home or to another location and robbed. Suspects in some robberies fled on foot, and in other cases used getaway cars.

Neighborhoods impacted were Grand Lake, Uptown, and Dimond, a police spokesperson said Tuesday. The robberies are under active investigation.

Oakland police recommended people using an ATM scan the area for anyone who looks suspicious and, if possible, use an ATM located inside a bank. After making a withdrawal, put the cash away immediately, police advised.

When leaving the site of an ATM, make sure you are not being followed, police said. If you are being followed, drive to a safe place like a fire or police station and call 911.

Oakland authorities are requesting anyone who has been a victim of an ATM robbery in the city or who has other information about such robberies to contact the Oakland Police Department at (510) 238-3326.

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